The Dementia team provides diagnosis, care and management for people with cognitive impairment in the following settings:
- Specialist Outpatient Clinics
- Inpatient wards
- Community in collaboration with community partners
Inpatient Dementia Wards: CAMIE (KTPH/Acute) & CARMIE (YCH/Subacute)
CAMIE (Care for the Acute Mentally Infirm Elder) is an acute care service provided at KTPH for patients with dementia with confused behaviours who require hospitalisation for the treatment of a variety of medical problems. The common reasons why patients with dementia need hospital admission include falls, fractures, pneumonias, urinary tract infections, challenging behaviours, decline in function and more.
CAMIE adopts a person centred care philosophy that upholds the dignity and autonomy of the patient, and promotes quality of life through enhanced care that adopts a no physical restraints policy. Do watch
this video to understand about the CAMIE and no restraints care.
CAMIE has a sister ward, CARMIE (Comprehensive Assessment & Rehabilitation of the Mentally Infirm Elder), nestled in Yishun Community Hospital which similarly cares for patients with dementia with less acute medical conditions or who need physical rehabilitation.
Dementia Friendly Community (DFC)
10% of Singaporeans aged 60 and above suffer from dementia. By age 85, up to 50% may succumb to dementia. There are 45,000 persons with dementia in Singapore today and it is projected to more than double to 103,000 by 2030. Although dementia causes intellectual and functional decline with diminished independence, it does not change the desire in people with dementia to continue to lead normal lives, the way they have always lived. They will continue to visit food centres, use public transport or engage in banking services. However, they may encounter problems in the process such as forgetting to pay for their purchase, or over-buy groceries without realising, only because deep down they still see themselves as providers for their families.
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital works with Lien Foundation and Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to build Singapore's first dementia-friendly community right here in Yishun: The “Forget Us Not” initiative aims to foster a kampong spirit where we help persons with dementia continue to lead normal and dignified lives in the community. Let us not forget our loved ones, even as they seem to forget us. Join us to become a dementia friend to build a dementia-friendly community.
You may also want to download the
Dementia Caregivers Guide on how to better support people with dementia who wander. Find out what you can do to facilitate the identification and search for missing people, and how various tracking devices can assist.
For more details:
Aid for Dementia Diagnosis (ADD)
This is an expert system designed to facilitate the diagnosis of Dementia.
As ADD serves primarily as a diagnostic aid, the physician should always exercise clinical judgment with respect to the conclusions and recommendations offered by the system. By using the application or site, you agree that the developers of ADD shall not be liable for any damages arising from the results given by the application.
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Credits: Geriatric Centre and Department of Medical Informatics from Khoo Teck Puat Hospital and National University of Singapore, School of Computing.